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Obituary for Mary Louise Gilbert

Mary Louise  Gilbert
Mary Louise Gilbert was taken home to her heavenly father on, March 21, 2018.
Visitation will be held at the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene, March 24, 2018 from
3-5 p.m. with a graveside service at the Angleton Cemetery, March 26, 2018 at 2:30. She
was born on October 11, 1937 in the Texas Valley to J.C. and Audrey Graham. She would
fondly share stories of her home life on the farm with her family. When she headed off to
college, she rode the train to Denton to attend Texas State College for Women now
known as Texas Women’s University. She did wish to attend Texas A&M; however, they
did not accept women at this time. She graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Home
Economics. Her family benefited from her degree, enjoying her cooking and baking, and
wearing the beautiful clothes she would make. Once she had grandchildren, they always
requested her special ‘NaNa’ cake for their birthdays. After graduation, she interned in
Abilene as an extension agent for a short time. In 1959, she moved to Angleton and
became an extension agent at the Brazoria County Courthouse. In the fall of 1959, a
mutual friend set her up on a blind date with Spencer. On April 2, 1960, they were
married at the Church of Christ in San Benito, TX. They made their home in the Angleton
area where they enjoyed living most of their 53 years of marriage. They enjoyed a
country home in the Sweeny area as well. They were blessed with four children with two
quickly returning to heaven after their birth. Mary Louise, as most knew her, enjoyed
working at the courthouse, teaching at Southside Elementary, and finally finding her
passion as a church secretary for 22 years at the Wilkins and Downing Church of Christ
in Angleton. Mary Louise was a faithful wife and caregiver to her husband as he was
diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the 24th year of their marriage. She lovingly cared for him
as this devastating disease slowly took the man she loved. Her faith in the Lord carried
her through many trials in her life with her children and grandchildren learning from her
She is survived by her daughters: Michelle Wharton and husband Eric of Waco, TX;
Heather White-Burrow and husband Nathan of Abilene, TX; Grandchildren: Aaron
Wharton, David White and wife, Kari, Bethany Wharton, Allison White, Micah and
Caleb Burrow, and Rachel Wharton; Sister: Sandra Deyo and husband Dennis and many
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sons
Brent Spencer and Keith Forest, son in law James B. White, sister Fonda Wren, and
brother John Graham.
Pall Bearers are Aaron Wharton, David White, Micah Burrow, Caleb Burrow, Stanley
Petrisky, and Dillon Wick.
Special thanks to Texas Home Health/Hospice nurses and therapists in Waco, TX,
Visiting Angels in Waco and Abilene, Kindred Hospice in Abilene, and our church family
and friends who have been in prayer for her over the last few years.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sweeny Christian School P.O. Box 156
Sweeny, TX 77480, Alzheimer’s Association, or a Cancer research center of your

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